Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Blog: Arguments To Convince 6th Circuit Appeals Court to Lift The Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

UPDATE 4:52 PM Rick Pluta is reporting that no decision was reached in today's hearing.  The trial is likely to go to the Supreme Court which is not likely to decide another same-sex marriage case before its next session. Attorneys seeking to overturn Michigan’s ban say holding up recognition of same-sex marriages hurts families with children. 

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Michigan News
8:51 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Michigan Officials Ask US Attorney General to Recognize State's Same-Sex Marriages

US Attorney General Eric Holder is being asked to weigh in on Michigan's same-sex marriages
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  US Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t. 

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Michigan News
3:32 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Michigan House Debates Expanding Troubled Schools Agency

Rick Pluta reports on the debate over expansion of the Controversial EAA

    

By a single-vote majority, the state House has approved a measure that allows Michigan to put some of the worst-performing schools into an alternative system. It expands a bill approved a year ago that created the Education Achievement Authority, which currently runs 15 schools in Detroit.

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Michigan News
7:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Governor Snyder Supports Treating E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco

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Snyder: Treat e-cigarettes like tobacco

Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.

The governor says it makes more sense to simply treat them as a tobacco product.

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Michigan News
4:18 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Hearings to Open on Electricity Deregulation

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Rick Pluta reports on plans for legislative hearings on electricity deregulation.
Hearings open this week at the state Capitol on a proposal to lift Michigan's cap on electricity companies competing for customers. A 2008 law says no more than 10 percent of the state's electricity can be directly provided to consumers by an alternative to a region's major utility.  

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Michigan News
8:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wolve Protection Ballot Signatures Submitted

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Wolf hunt referendum petitions filed
By Rick Pluta

The campaign to repeal Michigan's new wolf hunting law filed petitions Thursday to put their challenge on the November ballot.

The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Campaign says it has 225,000 signatures. That's well over the 161,305 needed to qualify for the November ballot.

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Michigan News
7:48 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Wolf Hunt Issue getting Closer to Ballot

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Campaign to stop wolf hunt to turn in petitions

The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has more than enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. This would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt because the state's first wolf hunting law was blocked by a petition challenge that will also go before voters in November.

The Legislature got around that by passing a new law that's the target of this ballot drive.

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Michigan News
8:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

AUDIO: Michigan Supreme Court to Decide the Fate of 350 Juvenile Lifers

The Michigan Hall of Justice
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether more than 350 inmates sent to prison for murder as juveniles for life without parole will get a chance someday at freedom.

Rick Pluta reports on the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding the fate of 350 juvenile lifers

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Michigan News
1:08 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Lansing Considers Regulation of E-Cigarettes

Smoking an Electronic Cigarette
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There is an effort afoot in Lansing to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes - and ban their sale to minors. But there is a difference of opinion on how to go about it. 

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Michigan News
11:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Number of Michigan School Districts In Defecit On Decline

State Senator Howard Walker
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The list of Michigan school districts that have budget deficits is shrinking, and the list of districts that are getting in the black is growing. That according to the state Department of Education.  There are 46 districts on the deficit list today, compared to 50 at the end of last year.

And that was good news to state Senator Howard Walker (R-Traverse City), who chairs the Senate K-through-12 budget subcommittee. 

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Law
4:05 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Same-Sex Parenting Goes On Trial In Detroit

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:01 pm

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage goes on trial today in Detroit, and Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta is there. A lesbian couple wants to settle the doubts over same-sex parenting.

Michigan News
5:28 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Minimum wage campaign in Michigan is underway

A campaign to increase Michigan’s minimum wage expects to file its petition language later today with state elections officials. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, the campaign wants to boost the state minimum wage to nine-50 an hour.

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Michigan News
5:21 am
Mon February 10, 2014

President Obama signs farm bill in East Lansing

President Obama signs farm bill legislation into law
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About 500 people packed a Michigan State University campus hall Friday to witness President Barack Obama sign the new federal farm bill.

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Capitol News
4:59 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Veto-proof abortion insurance ban adopted by Legislature

The Michigan Legislature has approved a petition initiative that will require people to buy a separate health insurance policy for abortion coverage. The initiative passed with commanding Republican majorities in the House and the Senate. A handful of Democrats also voted yes.

State Representative Amanda Price (R-Holland) said people who object to abortion should not be forced to help pay for it in their insurance premiums.

“No matter how one frames the issue before us, abortion is an individual choice,” she said. “I will say that again: abortion is an individual choice.”

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Education
5:18 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned

At Lansing Community College in Michigan, students who've moved on to four-year schools can come back and claim their credits, and maybe even a degree.
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Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 11:15 am

There's a nationwide search underway to find former students who don't know they've already done all or most of the work needed to earn a credential that might help them land a better-paying job.

In Michigan, several hundred community college dropouts were recently surprised to learn they had enough credits to qualify for an associate degree. There are also ex-students who apparently didn't know they're just a few credits shy of a two-year degree.

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Law
3:04 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case

April DeBoer (second from left) sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, and Jayne Rowse and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, and Nolan, 4, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich., on Tuesday.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 1:36 pm

A federal judge in Michigan could rule as soon as Thursday on a challenge to the state's ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. The challenge comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear two cases dealing with gay marriage later this month.

In the Michigan case, a lesbian couple sued not because they want to be married, but because they want to be parents.

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State Government
10:49 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Governor Signs New Emergency Manager Law

From Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network

It's All Politics
3:18 am
Wed May 30, 2012

GOP Michigan Congressman To Run Write-In Campaign

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 12:55 pm

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., is facing the daunting prospect of running a write-in campaign to get re-elected this year, as his campaign fell far short of the number of petition signatures he needs to qualify for the August primary ballot.

Compounding McCotter's troubles: It appears election fraud may have played a part in the failure.

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Election 2012
4:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Santorum Upset By Mich. Delegate Decision

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And in Michigan, there's a fight going on over one delegate to the Republican National Convention. Rick Santorum's campaign team says its candidate is a victim of, quote, thuggery. They accuse Michigan Republican leaders of engineering an after-the-fact rules change to give Mitt Romney a slim lead in delegates from last Tuesday's state primary.

We have more from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.

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It's All Politics
1:37 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Romney Name Doesn't Guarantee Ballot Magic In Michigan

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney plays up his Michigan roots when he talks to voters in the state where he grew up.

In 2008, Romney won the Republican presidential primary in Michigan. On the campaign trail, he likes to tell stories about his father, George, who was an iconic governor of Michigan in the 1960s:

"He said, 'It sure is great to be in Mount Clemens today,' even though he was in Mount Pleasant. My mother was sitting behind and said, 'George, it's "Pleasant." ' He said, 'Yes, it's pleasant in Mount Clemens.' "

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It's All Politics
4:36 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Fred Who? He's Republican, He's Gay, And He's Competing For Michigan Delegates

GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger hopes Michigan's primary rules will allow him to pick up a few delegates to the national convention. He's focusing on just one congressional district in the center of the state.
Rick Pluta for NPR

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 6:36 pm

As better-known candidates trod the landscape and crowd the airwaves, pleading for votes in Michigan's Republican primary, the first openly gay GOP presidential hopeful is plotting a minor upset.

Fred Karger hopes the state's primary rules will land him a mid-Michigan miracle and a handful of delegates to the national convention.

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